There are some really good barbecue sauces on the market, but honestly, none of them can beat a homemade barbecue sauce. One of the best things about making your own sauce is that you probably already have the ingredients in the pantry!
I made this homemade barbecue sauce, especially for ribs. I was making some slow cooker ribs, and I wanted a sauce that could really make these ribs shine!
Cooking Ribs Low and Slow
I decided that cooking them in barbecue sauce in the slow cooker was the best idea. The slow cooker is a perfect way to cook meat low and slow and get the meat tender, tasty, and falling off the bone, just how I was craving. Check out my barbecue ribs slow cooker recipe.
Thinking about how much barbecue sauce I would have to buy, I thought it would be much cheaper to just make my own. It turns out it is pretty simple to do. My boys love this barbecue sauce. I made extra to put into a bottle so we could use it on other foods too!
Homemade Barbecue Sauce | No Sugar Added
Many brands add extra sugar in barbecue sauce. I didn’t feel like it was necessary. It’s super tasty without it. It’s not like we need any more sugar in our diet anyhow right?
- 1 ½ Cups ketchup
- 2 tsp rice vinegar
- 1½ tsp liquid smoke
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp celery salt
- ½ tsp salt
- hot sauce * optional
- Place ingredients in a medium saucepan, and stir well.
- Cook over medium-high heat until bubbling.
- Simmer on low for 15 -20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened up a bit.
- This sauce should last about a week. Refrigerate any leftovers.
How Long Will Homemade Barbecue Sauce Last?
This BBQ sauce will last about a week in the fridge. Store-bought sauces are pasteurized, and that’s one reason that they last a bit longer. However, if you want to make a recipe that will last longer, check out this canning recipe. Unopened these canned BBQ sauces should last 4-6 months.
Open jars of homemade barbecue sauce (no matter what recipe you use) should be refrigerated. The shelf life will be extended for a while longer this way.
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